A little over a year ago, I got this crazy idea. After sitting at a conference with Elizabeth BeShears lamenting the lack of voice for libertarian women in the movement, I decided to take my already-existing blog and re-purpose it, retool it, to give women libertarians a voice and a say. The hope was that by adding women’s voices to the movement we could add a much-needed perspective, and encourage more women to think about liberty as a guiding principle for their lives.
I am here today to admit that I was wrong.
Thoughts on Liberty‘s critics have been plentiful through the year and a half that we’ve been running, and the more I think on the matter, the more I realize that they were right. The first and foremost criticism we have received is that we “talk too much about sex.” I resisted this claim at first, but the critics were right. Seriously, who talks about sex? Sex is such a dirty, disgusting thing that should be kept in the shadows and out of decent people’s sight. It may be a part of the human experience, but it is one, like violence, that should be stamped out as soon as possible. Any and all government regulation of sex – while, of course, not “libertarian” – should be ignored and swept under the rug because we really don’t want people to be doing those things anyway.
Other critics have claimed that Thoughts on Liberty lacks academic rigor. I have never disputed this fact, and have, in fact, cited this as one of TOL’s strengths: producing accessible, thoughtful content that the average person can read and engage with. I see now that I was mistaken here as well. As we know, the great majority of Americans possess PhD-level reading capabilities, and to write anything below this level is condescending to our readers. It is clear to me now that, from the outset, I should have only hired PhD-wielding, 30-plus academics and asked them to write for me for free in their copious spare time, then cross-checked all of their arguments with other prominent academics in their field. That is, after all, how Internet writing is done, right?
Along similar lines, I ought to apologize for promoting and supporting diverse and often conflicting opinions and for providing a place for writers to test new ideas. Over the past year and a half, many of my writers have violated the One True Libertarian Way, from suggesting radical ideas like that people ought not to be dicks to each other and that someone should face appropriate legal repercussions for breaking a law. Some writers here have suggested, wrongly, that libertarianism might just be appropriately thought of as a way to create a good society, not just a framework for limiting or eliminating government. That is, of course, a mistake, as True Libertarians know that government is the source of all society’s ills and the sooner we can get rid of it, the better off we’ll all be.
I guess what this all comes down to is something that I have feared for most of my life—women might not have the same inclination or capacity for libertarianism that men do. We are soft-headed and soft-hearted, incapable of understanding what liberty is really about: economics. All of the libertarian fears of women are true. Deep down, we just want government to take care of us, are slaves to fashion magazines and pop culture, and want to use our sexual prowess to mentally and emotionally chain other men to us. We are, truly, better off using that sexual allurement to get other men to vote libertarian. We’re a distraction, a hindrance, and a nuisance.
I sincerely apologize for the untold damage that my writers and I have done to the liberty movement. I regret thinking that women were in any way capable of speaking about political matters, or for thinking that allowing women to have a voice might challenge, and thus enrich, our movement. I have advised my writers to cease all writing immediately and to focus on finding husbands and providing for them. I hope they are wise enough to heed my words.